Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
I've strayed, cheated and been unfaithful... need advice
So... My yammy is mad at me I think. I've bought a new wif... I mean bike.
81 Honda Goldwing 1100. Perfect. Looks like new. Not a scratch. Starts like a dream, everything works, clean title, yada. The Clarion radio even still sounds good... $300.
If it weren't for that distressing knock in the lower end...
I'm not sure yet what it is, but it's clearly not good. It's an "open her up" of some sort for sure. I'm guessing spun bearing(s), just based on experience. But no way to tell for sure without major surgery.
So here's my dilemma:
My "hobby/sideline/mad-money" thing is parting out old non-running bikes: wrecks, barn finds, no-title, etc. I do a couple a year, make a few bucks, pays for vacation.
I swore to myself I'd never buy a restorable/running bike to part out. "organ donation" is a great thing when a tragic event helps renew life for others. Doing that with someone who -could- recover? Not so much.
But the truth is this: a $300 Goldwing (running or not) means I can part the thing out, make a lovely profit, and go to the islands for a couple weeks this summer. Hell, I can sell just the carbs and make my investment back: the rest is profit.
Or I can put in the time, effort and cost to rebuild and put a rather nice old bike back on the road... which I'll then be able to sell for somewhat less than what I paid + what I spent. Forget any value of my time.
What to do?
Anyone need Goldwing Parts?
2007 V-Star 1300